Archive for March, 2011

Product review: will ‘paper’ replace e-readers?

March 31, 2011

TOTD came across this review recently:

http://thenextweb.com/entrepreneur/2011/03/12/product-review-will-paper-replace-e-readers/

and was rather taken with it.

Let us know what you think – will paper come to dominate?!

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more infographics

March 30, 2011

After last Thursday’s Twitter and Facebook infographics, TOTD has been on the hunt for data relating to Twitter age usage and found these rather delightful examples of visual presentations of information:

http://blog.kissmetrics.com/social-media-by-demographic/?wide=1

http://www.digitalsurgeons.com/facebook-vs-twitter-infographic/

both of which are pointed to by this: http://www.liberatemedia.com/blog/which-age-ranges-are-the-most-prolific-users-of-social-networks/ which has its own graphic as well.

TestFlight apps

March 29, 2011

Today’s TOTD is a bit more specialized but as we’ve struggled with various issues regarding having an Apple iOS app released into the wild, we suspect others may have done as well.

This: http://testflightapp.com/

allows you to beta test apps before submitting them to the iTunes store.  We’ve not tried it yet, but rest assured we’ll pointing our next developer to the site and would love to hear how others get on with it.

Thanks to E for finding this.

Dennis Chambers

March 28, 2011

We know that the drum solo isn’t everyone’s favourite segment of a concert, but TOTD has been rather taken with this solo from Dennis Chambers

http://www.drummerconnection.com/drumsolos/47544-soul-sacrifice-dennis-chambers-drum-solo

which amongst other brilliance demonstrates an independence of limbs that’s quite inspiring.  Just try keeping a fast rhythm going in one hand while another slows down and then speeds up and all the time both feet keep going in different patterns!  Wow, as the comment says.

Thanks to D for finding this.

Wear a Hat Day!

March 25, 2011

Today is ‘Wear a Hat Day’ at the University of Portsmouth. Students and staff will be sporting hats around the campus in aid of the University’s Brain Tumour Centre of Excellence. So if you’re in Portsmouth today dig out your funky headwear.

To give you some inspiration check out these bizarre hats

http://www.oddee.com/item_96605.aspx

http://www.uphaa.com/blog/index.php/strange-hats-from-around-the-world/

Twitter and Facebook infographics

March 24, 2011

TOTD was recently involved with a ‘Cafe Scientifique’ on the subject of communication via social networking services.

For the session we created these infographics which may be of interest.

infographic with March 2011 statistics on Facebook

Infographic with March 2011 statistics on Facebook

infographic with March 2011 statistics on Twitter

Infographic with March 2011 statistics on Twitter

Churnalism

March 23, 2011

Churnalism is a term used to describe an article which is published as journalism but is in fact a cut and paste of a press release. Churnalism.com lets you paste text from a press release and then see which news organisation have just cut and pasted rather than carrying out any real journalism. The results can be quite illuminating!

http://churnalism.com

Are e-books the end of Libraries?

March 22, 2011

Can libraries and e-books co-exist – or are digital books another threat for the public service?

This film from the BBC show Click visits the British Library and investigates their plans to digitise it’s collection. The film goes on to examine the use of ebooks by lending libraries (are they making themselves redundant) and the publisher’s plan to limit this service.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/click_online/9422250.stm

Lost Property Heaven

March 21, 2011

Have you lost some property? Why not log on to this new website and see if its been found. Maybe you’ve found a lost item and would like to reunite it with its owner!

https://www.lostpropertyheaven.com/

Red Nose Day

March 18, 2011

Today is Red Nose Day. Here’s the BBC Website with details on what’s on tonight and, of course, how to donate:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/rednoseday/

Also, this week is National Science and Engineering Week. Here’s what the University’s been doing for it:

http://www.port.ac.uk/aboutus/newsandevents/frontpagenews/title,127475,en.html